Sainte-Maxime and the Côte d'Azur Experience in the South of France
From the moment you arrive, the picturesque city of Sainte-Maxime invites relaxation with its breath-taking scenery and laid-back lifestyle. Founded by monks from the Lérins islands, it offers cobbled streets, traditional Provençal markets and stunning art deco architecture. Taking a stroll within the surrounding rolling hills of olive trees and Umbrella Pines will reveal the glittering gulf of Saint Tropez and 11km of sun-soaked sandy beaches. However the city offers much more than leisurely lounging, with an array of activities available under the shimmering sun, it is the perfect destination for those looking for ease and excitement in equal amounts.
An active holiday awaits, whether it’s jumping onto a jet ski, wandering through the Massif des Maures or perfecting your putt on the golfing green, Sainte-Maxime offering fantastic facilities. There are several golf courses in close proximity to the city, however Hotel Amarante Golf Plaza is the only golf resort, offering the exclusive combination of luxury service with an 18-hole international golf course across 150 acres of beautiful landscape. Continuing the exceptional views on the Catalugno and Quilladou trails, which will take you along miles of coastline and up into magnificent hills and vineyards, perfect for hiking, horse riding or mountain biking. If you’re beach bound, why not try wakeboarding, wind surfing or water skiing, or dive in and discover over 60 sites of flora, fauna and historic wreckages in the Blue Flag awarded Mediterranean Sea. Set sail on bountiful boats or for a new way to sightsee, Flyboard jetpacks offer an exciting alternative to parasailing.
However, if your idea of a holiday is more ease than exercise, the city provides every restful remedy needed. For a soothing spa experience, the Phytomer Health Spa offers 14 specifically designed rooms providing manicures to massages or for that gorgeous holiday glow, an array of beautiful beaches await, protected from the winds by the forested hills of the Maures. Take a wander down the family-friendly Plage de la Nartelle to find the private, more secluded Mahi and Barco beaches, on which you relax back on a sun longer, sip from a cocktail and peruse the mouth-watering menus from under your parasol. If you’re looking to indulge in retail therapy, Sainte-Maxime offers a variety of boutiques, but if you fancy a trip further afield, bustling Saint-Tropez is only 15 minutes by boat. With luxury labels on the winding streets, it offers a wide range of classic and contemporary brands, providing the perfect excuse to widen every wardrobe. In the evenings Restaurant La Bardiane offers Michelin Star cuisine inspired by the local markets and you can try your luck at the Casino Barrière.
With such bountiful beauty, the area has attracted artists, writers and poets alike and while museums and galleries provide an insight into the area’s past and present, culture and traditions combine in events and exhibitions around the city. Contemporary performances and an array of entertainment is offered at Le Carré Sainte-Maxime while the Jean Portal Gallery is a must-see for international works alongside local traditions, while if you’re more interested in artefacts that art, the Square Tower houses many objects, paintings and photographs that capture the city’s history. For outdoor pursuits, the Botanical Gardens offer 60 species of plant while, for a family day out there are adventure parks and a trip to La Plage des Eléphants, named after the famous blue elephant from the Babar books.
The idyllic city of Sainte-Maxime offers the luxuries the Côte d'Azur is famed for, with an opportunity to escape from the non-stop and indulge in sun, sports and spas, all designed to soothe the soul.